Maximizing Your CEDS: Aligning Your CEDS with Other Planning Initiatives

A growing number of RDOs are looking at ways to better align the various plans they are required to do, resulting in more cohesive and coordinated programs and services delivery mechanisms.  This session at NADO’s Annual Training Conference provided attendees with a referesher on the CEDS requirements and insight into innovative and resourceful approaches economic development districts have taken to maximize their planning processes.


  • Brian Kelsey, Principal and Founder, Civic Analytics, Austin, TX
  • Will Brooks, Planning Director, Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, Henderson, NC
  • Doug Elliott, Executive Director, East Central Iowa Council of Governments, Cedar Rapids, IA




Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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